According to recent statistics, Twitter’s 100 million users have collectively sent over 16 billion tweets since Twitter was launched in 2006. Earlier this year, Facebook reached over 400 million active users. Facebook has more members than the populations of Japan, Mexico and Russia, combined. Given these numbers, it’s not surprising that nearly two-thirds (64%) of online Americans use social media, and most social media users (84%) reveal information about themselves via social media channels.
Social networks can be a powerful resource for job seekers if they manage their social profiles correctly. However, it is important for job seekers to manage both the content they share online, as well as the connections they make on each network. A record number of employers are utilizing social networking sites to screen potential employees. Sixty seven percent of employers reported in a recent survey that they use social networking sites to research job candidates. Another 14 percent plan to start using social networking sites for candidate screening in the near future. Sharing too much information or having connections that share too much of your personal information online, can easily hurt your chances of finding a job or even getting called for an interview.
Listed below are 20 examples of content job seekers should never share online:
(All of the examples shown below are 100% real content we found by doing a quick search of the various social networks. Names were hidden in an attempt to protect the not so innocent submitters.)
1. Never discuss failing a drug test!
Discussing passing, failing or even how to beat a drug test with your buddy is never wise. Mentioning the potential employers name in the same tweet is even worse . Most companies monitor their online reputations and receive instant alerts anytime their company name is mentioned.
2. Never talk about how much you HATE your boss!
It is never smart to talk bad about your past, current or future boss online, regardless of how you really feel.
3. Never share how often you are late for work!
4. Never mention how much you hate your job.
Talking about how much you hate your current job might just get you fired or written up. There are too many talented people ready and willing to take your place. Job seekers should also be aware that future employers might scratch you off their potential candidate list after viewing your comments.
5. Never talk about quitting your job.
6. Never brag about what you stole from the office!
7. Never share how you lied on your resume or application.
Beware: Protecting your tweets or setting your profile to private doesn’t always guarantee your privacy. During our quick search today, we discovered one comment still showing up in Twitter search even though this user has recently set their tweets to private.
8. Never use your online profile to confess how you lied to your employer.
9. Never mention sleeping on the job.
10. Refrain from making negative comments about co-workers.
11. Don’t mention how bored you are at work!
12. Never reveal your drug habits !
13. Never mention how you lied to get off work.
14. Never mention being Drunk at work!
15. Never brag about playing games at work !
16. Never share intimate details online!
17. Never mention that you are sleeping with the boss!
Sharing intimate photos and information online is never advised. Ask your friends and family to watch what they share online too!
18. Refrain from making discriminatory remarks.
In a recent survey, employers reported they did not hire a candidate because of discriminatory comments they made online.
19. Never call your customers or clients names!
20. Never brag about fighting at work!
Believe it or not, this is a tame sampling of what we found online in just recent tweets. If you have tweets or facebook posts you would like to share please leave them in comments and we will add them to our list.